Civil Rights activists Janet Murguía and Marc Morial join forces in the fight for equality, voting rights, and immigration reform in the trailer for Max documentary Gumbo Coalition.
“We have to meet the moment, we have to fight back,” Murguía says in the teaser released this week.
Morial, who was the youngest elected mayor of New Orleans, explains the meaning of the phrase “Gumbo Coalition.”
“As mayor of New Orleans, we built a strong Black, and White, Hispanic, and Asian community that I call the ‘Gumbo Coalition,’” he says.
Morial is now president of the National Urban League. Murguía serves as president of Latino advocacy organization, UnidosUS, previously called the National Council of La Raza.
In the film, Murguía and Morial are described as “warriors,” who work to bring Black and Latino communities together in a divided nation — amid challenges from the global pandemic, the murder by police of George Floyd, and the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
“We fight for criminal justice reform, the right to vote,” Morial says.
The two are shown going door-to-door to encourage people in the community to vote.
The documentary also covers their quest for immigration reform and focuses on efforts to help a young wife as she fights to reunite her family after her husband is deported.
“We now deal with the most extreme anti-immigrant policies at the national level,” Murguía says in the trailer.
Gumbo Coalition is directed by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (American Dream, Harlan County U.S.A.)
The documentary is executive produced by Nina Easton, Pattie Sellers, Eva Longoria, and Ben Spector and produced by David Cassidy, Williams Cole, Kopple, and Ray Nowosielski.
Gumbo Coalition begins streaming Nov. 6 on Max.
Watch the trailer below: